The Role of the School Governor

Within England, there are over 300,000 school/academy governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The Local Governance Committee of Bower Park Academy is accountable in law and the Academy’s Articles of Association. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards of education within a safe environment. The roles of individual governors, and, subsequently, members of a governing body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions.

The three core functions of the Local Governance Committee are to:

  1. Set the strategic direction for the school, by establishing a vision, aims and objectives for the school, agreeing the priorities, policies and targets for the school to achieve these aims and objectives.
  2. Support and challenge the school, by monitoring and reviewing the work of the school, reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of the policy framework and evaluating its own effectiveness.
  3. Be accountable to students, parents and staff, by ensuring the proper and effective us of the school’s resources, responding to Ofsted reports as necessary, holding the Principal to account for the performance of the school, making information available and consulting as appropriate.

The Local Governance Committee at Bower Park is chaired by Mr Andrew Mann. He can be contacted via the school either in writing (marked for the attention of the Chair) or by emailing:

Bower Park Academy Governing Body

 First AppointedTerm StartTerm End
Appointed governors   
Andrew Mann24 September 201824 September 201823 September 2022
Glen Adams24 September 201824 September 201823 September 2022
Joanna Savidge22 May 201922 May 201921 May 2023
Bex Cox21 March 202221 March 202220 March 2026
Shirley Jonas23 February 202223 February 202222 February 2026
Parent governors   
Sarah Kushin01 December 202101 December 202130 November 2025
Staff governors   
Ryan Browne02 April 202202 April 202201 April 2026

Chair of the Local Governance Committee

Andrew Mann – Andy has been a Governor at Bower Park since 2002. Over the years, he has served on various committees. He has also been a Governor at Clockhouse and Pinewood primary schools. Being a Governor for 20 years has given Andy a good insight into the education needs of Collier Row and the surrounding area. He works full time as a Local Government officer in an inner London Council.

Andy has been involved with the community for many years, as a local Councillor from 2002 to 2010 on Havering Council. He has been involved with Scouting for over 30 years and currently volunteers as Scout leader in Romford, working specifically with the 14 to 18 age range.

Jo Savidge – Jo has been a Governor at Bower Park since 2019, but she has been part of the Collier Row Community for almost 20 years, having originally joined Clockhouse Primary School as a Year 1 teacher. She has taught across the primary age range and led on many aspects of school improvement. For the last 10 years, Jo has been the Headteacher of the school. She knows the community very well and is passionate and absolutely driven to provide the community both schools serve with the best possible rounded educational experience possible. Jo was schooled in Havering, only to leave the Local Authority to go to Homerton College, University of Cambridge, to gain her degree in Education and English. Jo returned following this and has continued to live and work in Havering ever since.

Glen Adams – Glen is a chartered accountant and has experience in a variety of industries and service sectors, and working in and for charities. A former governor and chair of the finance and audit committee of Hall Mead Academy, Glen joined Bower Park as a governor in 2018.

Sarah Kushin – Sarah has been a Parent Governor of Bower Park since December 2021. She works in the banking industry, having over 20 years’ experience, with a focus on Green and Sustainable Energy Project Finance. Sarah is also a full-time working mum of three, so logistics and time management are a daily must-have. 

Sarah has served in Havering schools as a Governor in different capacities for the last 9 years in various committee roles for Crownfield Infant School, and is currently a Governor at the Learning and Achieving Federation (Crownfield Junior school and Mawney Foundation School).

With ever-changing parameters to the national curriculum and the expectations of what our children need to achieve, especially through the most challenging times of the pandemic, Sarah is passionate about the impact this has had on the students, supporting the schools and how, as a parent, we can be best equipped to guide our children through their educational journey.

Bex Cox – Bex has recently joined Bower Park as a Governor, and is also a member of the governing board of Aveley Primary School in Thurrock. Bex is a merchandiser for a fast-paced retailer, developing and planning both short and long term strategies for multi-million pound departments, but she has always been passionate about education. Bex feels it is the best gift you can give your children, believing that school life plays a pivotal part in who you become as an adult, and, therefore, wants to ensure Bower Park gives each individual student the best education it possibly can.